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Combat America (Part III)


Published 1945


Follows the Flying Fortress crews of the 351st Bombardment Group from the end of their training at a Colorado training field to actual combat over Germany.


Run time 16:02
Producer U.S. Army Air Forces
Sponsor U.S. Office of War Information
Audio/Visual Sd, B&W

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Follows the Flying Fortress crews of the 351st Bombardment Group from the end of their training at a Colorado training field to actual combat over Germany. It tells the story of the crews and the gunners, showing how they live, how they fight, and how they rest. Produced at the command of General Henry H. Arnold, Commanding General of the Army Air Forces, as an orientation film for gunners training to serve in the European theater of operations



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Reviewer: keyslammer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 24, 2016
Subject: Great footage
Yes...romanticized...but clearly one of the MANY brave acts in WWII was to climb into a B-17 and knowingly risk death daily. This film does justice to those that served...and it includes some of the 'real' results with the death/loss of friends and crew members. I am glad that some of these old reels are archived here for generations to come. War is ugly, but the bravery of those fighting is something to behold.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 5, 2003
Subject: Clark Gable stars in the spectacle of a lifetime!
In this highly romanticized flick about air bombers, air fighting footage is mixed in with obvious renactments (by the soldiers themselves!) of life at war. Narrated by Clark Gable, who narrated this film as his contribution to the war effort (lucky guy) the hour long film drags a lot, and that's a shame, as it's really cool to look at WWII in color. The whole thing doesnt REALLY get going until the third part, and it's doubtful people would want to stick it out to get to that point.
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